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Supreme Court backs employers over workers in first of two major labor cases

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court dealt an initial blow to millions of workers Monday in the first of two major disputes this term pitting corporations against labor unions.<p>In a 5-4 decision controlled by the court's conservative wing, the justices ruled that employers have the right to insist that …

Employment

India’s political parties have mined voters’ psychographic data for years

The Cambridge Analytica controversy is unlikely to die down soon as it touches a series of important democratic nerves. First, it concerns our ability to freely exercise our civic rights and duties. The fear of manipulation through data casts a cloud of suspicion over the sanctity of elections, …

Cambridge Analytica

Trump Defies His Generals on ISIS and Syria

President Trump, a foreign-policy neophyte increasingly emboldened to chart his own course, grew testy with the members of his national-security team when they huddled in the White House Situation Room on Tuesday to debate Syria. The split had been publicly telegraphed just hours earlier. At the …

Why China Is Confident It Can Beat Trump in a Trade War

BEIJING — China’s leaders sound supremely confident that they can win a trade war with President Trump.<p>The state news media has depicted him as a reckless bully intent on undermining the global trading system, while presenting the Chinese government as a fair-minded champion of free trade. And …

China

The president of the Philippines wants to close paradise

STAND where the warm sea laps the gleaming white sand of the 4km-long beach on the resort island of Boracay and whip out your selfie stick. You can …

Yemen crisis: Who is fighting whom?

<b>Yemen, one of the Arab world's poorest countries, has been devastated by a civil war. Here we explain what is fuelling the fighting, and who is involved.</b><p>How did the war start?<p>The conflict has its roots in the failure of a political transition supposed to bring stability to Yemen following an Arab …

Middle East

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How the NRA resurrected the Second Amendment

Here’s the story of how America’s gun politics got so broken.<p>It was said in 1989 after a gunman killed five children at Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, California. It was said in 1999 after two teenagers killed 13 of their peers at the high school in Columbine, Colorado. It was said in …

'Women in Argentina live in hell': calls for legal abortion grow

A groundswell of support for Argentinian women to be allowed terminations in the early weeks of pregnancy could soon culminate in a change to the law<p>“When I tell people abroad that abortions are still illegal in Argentina, they say, ‘You must live in hell,’” says comedian Malena Pichot. “And yes, …

Buenos Aires

The Bruno Mars Controversy Proves People Don’t Understand Cultural Appropriation

Before we begin any discussion of Bruno Mars and cultural appropriation, we must lay down a few ground rules:<p><b>This will not be a debate about the</b> …

Music

Xi Jinping: What if Xi is president for life?

China has scrapped presidential term limits, which would allow Xi Jinping to remain as president beyond his two terms.<p>The constitutional changes were passed by China's annual National People's Congress on Sunday.<p>The BBC Chinese Service Editor, Howard Zhang, explains what it means.

China

Private schools should adopt a Ucas-style application system, leading headmaster says

Private schools should adopt a Ucas-style application system to stop children being left with nowhere to go in September, a leading headmaster has said.<p>Under the current set-up, eleven-year-old pupils are forced by pushy parents to sit endless entrance exams, according to Stephen Lehec, head of the …

I Worked In Corporate Accountability For A Decade. Here's The Truth About Corporations Getting 'Woke' On Guns.

What can consumer pressure campaigns really achieve?<p>In the weeks since the Parkland, Florida, shooting, we have seen more movement on gun control than we’ve had in years. The only problem ― if you think fewer guns is a good thing ― is that it has all come from the private sector.<p>Walmart, Dick’s …

Gun Control

People are dying because we misunderstand how those with addiction think

A philosopher explains why addiction isn’t a moral failure.<p>The American opioid epidemic claimed 42,300 lives in 2016 alone. While the public policy challenge is daunting, the problem isn’t that we lack any effective treatment options. The data shows that we could save many lives by expanding …

Government could implement time cut-offs for teenagers addicted to social media, Matt Hancock suggests

Teenagers’ social media usage will be limited to no more than a few hours browsing under new proposals outlined by ministers, it has emerged.<p>Matt Hancock, the secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, said there was a “genuine concern” about how long young people were spending …

Israel wants to deport thousands of African migrants - Vox

African migrants from Eritrea and elsewhere could face indefinite detention if they choose to stay.<p>TEL AVIV, Israel — Father Tesfayohanns Tesfamariam has always prayed his way through the darkest days. Growing up in Eritrea — a small East African country run by one of the world’s most brutal …

Israel

Why Women’s March leaders are being accused of anti-Semitism

The movement has been embroiled in controversy after a member of its leadership team attended a speech by the Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan.<p>Several of the original organizers of the Women’s March have found themselves at the center of a controversy revolving around Nation of Islam Minister …

Finally, proof: opioids are no better than other medications for some chronic pain

A first-of-its-kind study compared opioids to non-opioid drugs in patients with persistent back pain or hip or knee osteoarthritis. Its results are devastating.<p>Long before opioids snowballed into one of the worst public health crises in American history, Dr. Erin Krebssuspected there might be a …

The case for — and against — Trump’s North Korea policy

I asked three experts whether Trump’s North Korea policy is working — and got three different answers.<p>Early on Tuesday morning, South Korea announced something surprising: they had spoken with Kim Jong Un, and he was ready to enter negotiations with the United States over their nuclear program. …

Protect LGBTI asylum seekers in Britain, private firms told

Private companies managing asylum accommodation in the UK are facing urgent calls to protect LGBTI individuals who say they are being physically, verbally and sexually assaulted in shared homes.<p>Hundreds of LGBTI people from countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nigeria claim asylum in the UK …

LGBTQI

Why is the world at war?

Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen, Afghanistan, Ukraine – the globe is scarred by violence<p>We live in a world of trouble. Conflicts today may be much less lethal than those that scarred the last century, but this brings little comfort. We remain deeply anxious. We can blame terrorism …

Middle East

U.S. makes new push for UN Syria chemical weapons probe

UNITED NATIONS – The United States is asking the UN Security Council to set up a new inquiry of chemical weapons attacks in Syria following reports …

Marshall Islands to be first to issue own sovereign cryptocurrency

The Marshall Islands is to make its currency the world’s first legal tender issued as a cryptocurrency.<p>The parliament of the group of more than 1,100 islands passed a law Wednesday, declaring that its new currency, named Sovereign (SOV), will be distributed and exchanged as a digital coin.<p>The …

Arming teachers isn’t just a ridiculous idea. It’s a deliberate distraction.

When something like this consumes attention, the public and lawmakers don’t talk about the real issue.<p>In any other country in the world, the idea of arming teachers with guns in classrooms to protect children would be seen as the policy equivalent to random screaming. Yet in the United States, it’s …

U.S. Treasury Announces Most Aggressive Sanctions To Date On North Korea

"The United States will continue targeting persons, wherever located, who facilitate North Korea’s illicit shipping practices.”<p>President Donald Trump’s administration on Friday unveiled a sweeping new lineup of sanctions against North Korea, promising to target 28 vessels and 27 shipping companies, …

North Korea

How technology is designed to bring out the worst in us

“Technology feels disempowering because we haven’t built it around an honest view of human nature,” says tech critic Tristan Harris.<p>In 2011, Tristan Harris’s company, Apture, was acquired by Google. Inside Google, he became unnerved by how the company worked. There was all this energy going into …

Shamed and fearful, Oxfam stumbles into the unknown

Ten days of damaging ‘sex scandal’ headlines for Oxfam have rocked public trust in the whole sector. How can it be restored?<p>At an Oxfam shop in Haringey, north London, a volunteer was rearranging the window display. “People have been very nice and supportive,” she said, looking back on a week that …

NGOs

May says UK will not cut aid in wake of Oxfam scandal

Prime minister defies calls to scrap UK commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on aid<p>The UK’s aid budget will not be cut as a result of the sexual exploitation scandal affecting the sector, the prime minister has confirmed in a push back against the right wing of her party.<p>There have been …

United Kingdom

#WakandaTheVote: how activists are using Black Panther screenings to register voters

A nationwide voter registration campaign is turning the message of Black Panther into a political reality.<p>Once it became clear Marvel’s <i>Black Panther</i> would be a huge draw to movie theaters, a trio of black women had an idea: If black communities would turn out in large numbers to see the film, why …

Stop blaming mental illness for mass shootings

It’s about the guns.<p>A familiar pattern plays out after every mass shooting in the US.<p>First, advocates of gun control point out, accurately, that taking guns off the streets and limiting who can buy them will save lives. Then opponents of gun control argue that there are no regulations that can stop …